The difference between artificial and human hair extensions

The difference between artificial and human hair extensions

Hair extensions are an ideal way to add some length and volume to your current style. With the heat rising and choppy lobs being all the rage this year, it makes sense to snip your locks and enjoy a fresher, cooler style for the summer. But, every now and again, thick, mermaid-length tresses are essential. Whether you’re searching for something to give your look the wow-factor for a special event, feel like changing things up for night out with the girls or are looking for a longer-term style change, visiting a salon in Abu Dhabi for hair extensions is a great option.

We recently posted an article on the blog about choosing the best hair extensions for your hair type. We looked at all the different types of hair extensions there are, including clip-ins, fusions, weaves and more, but we didn’t take a close look at the differences between artificial and human hair extensions. Many hair extension types come in both artificial/ synthetic or human hair versions, so it’s important to carefully choose a type that suits your personal needs.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Artificial hair extensions

As a general rule, synthetic hair is almost always cheaper than human hair extensions. They are typically made out of a combination of chemicals and “flexible” plastics that are blended together and processed through a machine that forms the individual strands.

Over the past couple of decades, the technology involved in producing artificial hair extensions has changed significantly. Some of the latest varieties can even be treated using low heat styling tools. While the quality of these extensions has gone up dramatically, they’re still considered lower quality than human hair. The cheaper artificial hair is, the more plastic and waxy-looking it will be. When it’s higher quality, it will have the dimensionality and lustre of human hair.

There are a couple of advantages to synthetic hair extensions. They can be manufactured in a way that allows them to hold their shape. So if you have extensions that match your natural curls, you won’t have to restyle them after washing or worry about styles “falling out” over time. You also don’t need to worry about the breakage and split ends that natural hair suffers.

Human hair extensions

Most high quality salons in Abu Dhabi will choose to work with human hair extensions as they tend to be better quality. It outperforms artificial hair in almost every way in that it tends be softer, more versatile and more durable. The main advantage of human hair extensions is that they can be heat styled and dyed which means they will blend better with your natural hair.

The highest quality human hair extensions are collected from a single donor and are not subjected to any chemical processing. The strands are collected into bundles and combined to create wefts. If you take good care of your human hair extensions and subject them to minimal chemical processing and heat styling, they can last as long as six months. Synthetic hair won’t last nearly as long, so if you’re looking for something that’s just for occasional use, synthetics can be a better value option.

So which should you choose? It really does depend on your needs and your budget. The best thing to do is head to your local roots Salon in Abu Dhabi and have a consultation with an experienced stylist. If you’d like to book an appointment to discuss hair extensions, drop us a message today.


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